From: Denver Colorado
1776 was bad, but what about Terrible Swift Sword?! One day, Heth's division was advancing to engage Buford. My gerbil intervened and Heth straddled the Baltimore Pike.
Such a great game. "A Gleam of Bayonets" too. I still own them both. Doubt I could play them again but don't have the heart to get rid of them.
From 1971 until 1989 (when computers entered my life!) I would periodically come home on leave and buy one or two hundred dollars worth of board games, from Squad Leader though "A Gleam of Bayonets". Was really only able to play Squad Leader (and it is absolutely awesome to have all the modules - one of the advantages of being older..<grin>) due to time constraints.
In February of 1999 my basement flooded, water damaging about 50% of the 60 or so board games stacked on the floor, but I was able to dry them out and only lost one - Victory Games "Panzer Commander" (IIRC).
Fortunately, with the advent of computers and HPS's "Aide de Camp" it is possible to convert any board game to a computer format - regardless of water damage.
As for Cats: Probably in 1979 or so, a friend and I attempted to play SPI's War in the Pacific. We came up with a system that had two doors, mounted horizontally (like a table) but hung with light cords from pulleys in the garage. It did wobble a bit while playing, but when done, the doors could be retracted up and out of the way. Disaster hit when Louie (of Casablanca fame), a Siamese with an attitude, decided to sleep on the maps. I recall seeing his malevolent eyes staring down at me while his tail swept part of the board clean.
We didn't get too far into the game because I was only home on leave for a short time, but we did thoroughly enjoy our selfs setting everything up and doing the opening moves.
OK - your post and this thread brought back many memories.
< Message edited by Mac Linehan -- 3/31/2012 9:46:01 PM >